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Your Letters: Aug. 17, 2020

Staff Writer
Victorville Daily Press
Daily Press Letters to the Editor for Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Biden’s pic/USPS

Sen. Kamala Harris, candidate Biden's VP pick, is tall, has long hair and is photogenic. Bonus: If appearing onstage together and he falters, she can put the broomstick she carries to good use by sticking it inside his shirt down his spine, anchored in one pant leg.

Support your local post office. Buy stamps, envelopes, cards, memorials and pay bills by mail. Cancel electronic, so convenient, automatic credit card account debiting — their convenience, not yours — and take control of monthly bill-paying rhythms.

The postal service has been mismanaged for decades, resulting in too many services provided at under-compensated rates. Example: Bulk mail. As political & charitable solicitations arrive daily, examine post marks (if still being used and not concealed from public scrutiny) to see what was charged for individual pieces at bulk rates. Citizens subsidize their bulk rate generosity, or not, by choice.

A year ago, I collected, examined, weighed and recorded each bulk mail piece received every postal day for a month. One 6"X9" rectangular piece weighing 1.8 oz. was charged 11 cents, Merrifield, VA to the High Desert.

A postal employees’ union rep said on TV that Congress should approve the $25 billion USPS giveaway because the USPS "... is a service, not a business." If they get the money, this quasi-public, pseudo-private enterprise will likely distribute the proceeds to their dues-paying members in the form of pay raises, added overtime, pensions, vacations, health premiums, paid maternity/paternity leave and other benefits, doing little to overcome systemic management and facility deficiencies.

Anyone unhappy with these circumstances, voice your objections to your representatives. The rest of you, hush.

Wm. C. Smith, Apple Valley

Who was dividing America in 2016?

You run a column from a USA Today “contributor” in your Editorial position on the Aug. 11, 2020, Opinion page, and he blatantly states, “... and Trump won by encouraging half the country to dislike the other half…”

That is pure BS. We in America in 2016 listened and watched President Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, state that all those who supported Trump were deplorable. Her disdain for the “Heartland” — the backbone of America in small- and medium-sized towns across our land filled with hard-working people who ask not what they can get from their country but what they can do to make their country better — cost her the election. She, in her smug New York and Hollywood surroundings, thought she could win the election by cozying up to minorities and the pawns that live in the large cities. Oh, how wrong she was.

The Daily Press owes all of us who fall into the “deplorable” label an apology. President Trump, with all his shortfalls, works for us, wants all of us from whatever walk of life, to get ahead.

The USA “commentary” writer underscores how the mainstream media is in bed with the intellectuals of our colleges and universities and the Democratic party.

Tom Pinard, Wrightwood

A Democracy In peril

To most Americans, there was never a need for MAGA. But the tactical messaging from Trump, right from the beginning of his campaign and throughout his presidency, has preached how bad America is. Always placing blame elsewhere. And he will be our great savior.

Here we are four years later, and nothing much has changed. If anything, due to his failed autocratic manner of dealing with matters, America is worse in many ways. Trump demonstrates virtually every day his propensity to lie. Tell lies enough times and people accept them as the truth. A tactic of autocrats. As a candidate for the highest office in America, Trump has to sow the seeds (lies) of discontent.

One question is why anyone would put their trust in a known pathological liar. Pathological lying is the chronic behavior of compulsive or habitual lying. A pathological liar seems to lie for no apparent reason. Sound familiar? In Trump's case, it's all about saving face and a need to be admired as an intellectually superior individual, which he is not, no matter the consequences to the citizens.

Blame the pandemic if you will, but study narcissism, autocrats and their pathocratic tendencies, and you will understand why he hasn't relied on the science and expertise of knowledgeable advisers.

It's expected that a president would have his loyal followers. This president, in particular, is surrounded by supporters and elected individuals who share his authoritarian tendencies, and lack of empathy and morality. These enabling individuals have found someone with the same low morals and the same autocratic tendencies. They feel free to come out of the closet. Follow the Pied Piper if you must. But educate yourself regarding how this Pied Piper is attempting to change your Democracy — a Democracy in peril.

Ed Jackman, Apple Valley

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